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  • Shams The Producer

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

This is a question I used to ask myself all the time. I'm sure you must have too or you probably wouldn't be reading this blog. So, where is your money?

Most people go through life not paying attention to exactly where or how their money is being spent, and on what. For example, you got paid on Friday its now Saturday morning.

You say to yourself, "well, I have a little money now maybe I'll go buy breakfast instead of cooking". Later on you also decide to have takeout for lunch while running errands and maybe that evening you go to a fancy restaurant because you are too tired to make dinner after running errands all day (not to mention the snacks and Starbucks coffee in Did you stop at any point to see how much is left after spending a little here, and a little there?

There is also the convenience of subscription based services, $5 per month on this, $12.99 per month on that, credit cards, rent/mortgage...I could go on an on.

The point is if you are not tracking how much you spend and exactly on what you'll never know where your money is actually going.

I remember when I used to make a lot of money touring the world as a musician and making even more money as a record producer. Back then I wasn't financially savvy, more young and free so as the money came in it went out. It wasn't until a few years ago I actually started reflecting on my life and financial situation that I found a very interesting audio book called "The Richest Man In Babylon". This book has motivated me to look at my finances and money in general a whole new way. If you like audiobooks you can get it HERE it should shed some light your financial situation too.

So whats the solution? It's quite simple. BUDGET!

We need to look at our personal finances in the same way those big cooperations/companies/businesses look at theirs.

Set a weekly or monthly budget, keep track of money coming in (earnings/income) and keep track of money going out (expenses). This way we can save a little at a time and invest a little at a time.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional financial advisor nor am I an accountant. Please consult your professional financial advisor, your husband, your wife before making life changing financial decisions :)

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  • Shams The Producer

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

First of all, what do you think it takes to be a music producer?

Another question you should ask yourself is, "What kind of music producer am I?"

Let me explain. There are different types of producers. There's the producer who pays musicians

and artists for services, and their main contribution to the finished product is the money used for the production. Then there's the producer who spends the money and also is able to communicate to musicians and vocalists his/her needs as far as the song production goes. And there's the producer who can play the instruments, knows the keys and is very hands on in the production process.

To be the latter you need to know at least music theory and some fundamentals in music.

You can download for FREE, my "KEYBOARD BASICS" - Introduction to notes on a Piano/Keyboard pdf HERE.

I see too many young music producers/beat makers today not having a clue about keys or notes, just simple stuff. I'm not saying you can't make a hit record if you don't have knowledge, sure you can. But, if you make a big enough record and you are called upon by a mega star to produce a track, wouldn't it be less stressful if you knew even a little bit of music theory so you could at least tell what key a song/beat is in?

Song production goes far beyond just fitting loops together, yes, it's a good start. However, you'll need to step up your knowledge in music if you really want to play with the BIG BOYS!

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  • Shams The Producer

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

If there was an actual formula for making hit records then almost every artist, band, or producer would be making hits all day everyday 365 days a year.

I remember when owning a recording studio gave you the illusion of having an "edge". Thousands, or even millions of dollars invested in huge state of the art analog equipment and acoustic designs made the work environment look and feel like 'hit records' are guaranteed. Business was good for studio owners who would charge an hourly rate to artists and producers for using the studio.

Then digital recording basically took over the industry. now producers and artists can record and produce songs in a basement, closet or bedroom studio for just a fraction of the cost. This obviously proves that size really doesn't matter.

Do you agree?

(B-Rich Music Lab in 2008)

("Closet" Studio 2016)

I have come to realize that It's not about what you have, but what you can do with what you have.

There's no secret formula, a hit song/record is usually determined by the audience at large, the consumer, who is streaming, downloading and buying the music.

My advice is just make music, a whole lot of music, good music of course, and one day you will make a hit record.

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